The union representing border patrol officers in Emerson claims over fifty percent of migrants crossing the border illegally in Emerson are being detained due to serious criminal records.
Over the last month reports indicate the original profile of asylum seekers that were crossing into Manitoba back in January is changing.
The RCMP has confirmed that a 37-year old male who illegally crossed the border on April 8th threatened to harm CBSA officers while being sent to his cell. The man later assaulted a female officer and caused damage to the cell he was being detained in. Ahmed Aden Ali, from Minneapolis, was charged with two counts of Uttering Threats, Mischief over $5,000 and Assaulting a Peace Officer. He is being held in custody.
Provencher MP Ted Falk is frustrated with the federal government over the migrant issue.
"Justin Trudeau has gagged the officials from telling us what is really going on, causing people to speculate. When people that live in communities like Emerson hear from the media that a large percentage of these people banging on their doors during the night or early morning hours now have serious criminal records they become even more concerned and afraid posing a danger for all those involved," explained Falk.
Falk added that based on his understanding, the number of migrants with criminal records that have been crossing the border since December continue to rise. He admits, not all the asylum seekers are criminals, but due to the federal government's gag order, and with no way to know, those migrants could be associated with criminals.
Under Canada's immigration law, anyone that has committed or been convicted of a crime is not allowed into Canada because they're "criminally inadmissible." They're either detained or returned to their country of origin. Someone convicted of a crime when they were under the age of 18 may still be able to enter Canada.